Apple has announced that its annual fall event will take place on September 12 at 10 a.m. local time at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.
During the event, dubbed “Wonderlust,” Apple is expected to reveal its iPhone 15 family of smartphones, including iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max models.
It is also possible that Apple will use the occasion to announce new Apple Watch models, including the Apple Watch Series 9 and an upgraded Apple Watch Ultra.
Earlier this month, respected Apple industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported that some iPhone 15 models would feature stacked sensors, although interestingly enough, the iPhone 15 Pro models are expected not to include stacked sensors due to production shortfalls. Kuo believes that the iPhone 16 Pro models will sport new stacked sensors.
That said, MacRumors claims that the iPhone 15 Pro Max is “expected to gain a periscope zoom lens that will allow for 5x or 6x optical zoom, up from 3x.” If true, that will be a notable camera upgrade for the larger iPhone 15 Pro model, although it could leave the standard iPhone 15 Pro without any significant camera improvements.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman adds that some key features from the iPhone 14 Pro models will make their way to the standard iPhone 15 smartphones this year, including the A16 chip, the Dynamic Island interface design, and a 48-megapixel primary rear camera.
Gurman also believes the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max smartphones will feature a redesigned titanium frame, signaling a move away from stainless steel. He also believes that the display’s bezels will be narrower and a 3-nanometer A17 processor will power the phones.
The most significant design and functionality departure may come in the form of a rumored new customizable side button. This new button is expected to replace the mute switch featured on iPhone models since the first smartphone debuted in 2007.
Like MacRumors, Bloomberg also anticipates the iPhone 15 Pro Max to include a more powerful optical zoom than last year’s iPhone 14 Pro models.
All four iPhone 15 models are expected to switch to USB-C charging to comply with the European Union’s new regulations. Apple introduced the current Lightning port in 2012.
While there are many rumors from various reliable sources, as is always the case, it is impossible to be sure what is on the horizon until Apple makes official announcements. PetaPixel will be at Apple’s upcoming event to get all the details as soon as they are available.